A tale of 2 governors provides a lesson
He was an anti-big business attorney general from one of America's biggest states who used the job as a springboard in 2006 to get the job he wanted all along - governor.
The future seemed bright. He arrived speaking of a new spirit of reaching out to all sides and putting an end to cynicism and divisiveness. But things went horribly wrong.
This is not the story of Charlie Crist, but rather of Eliot Spitzer, the Democratic governor of New York.
Spitzer's first year has been one horror show after another, and almost literally a flip side to Crist's first year as governor. A comparison of Spitzer and Crist reinforces the point that style matters. (Rest of Steve Bousquet's column here.)